Digitising Our Heritage For The Future: An Inter-Disciplinary Dialogue

15-16 January, 2020

National Museum, New Delhi, India

Digitising Our Heritage For The Future: An Inter-Disciplinary Dialogue

The first International Heritage Symposium and Exhibition (IHSE) 2020 was jointly organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST) and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. The motivation for this event came from the Indian Digital Heritage (IDH) initiative of DST, the outcomes of which were showcased at the Digital Hampi Workshop and Exhibition in November 2014.

This event brought together for the first time, communities from diverse disciplines such as science, technology, culture and social sciences who are engaged in conservation, preservation and management of World Heritage in the physical and digital space. It allowed for an inter-disciplinary dialogue to take place between scientists, academicians, historians, social-scientists, practitioners, museologists, policy-makers, and industry – all stake-holders in promoting Digital Heritage specifically in the Indian context.

The main objective of organizing this engagement was:

  • To create an eco-system where all stake-holders working in the Digital and Cultural heritage domain, come together and identify open issues in Indian heritage management.
  • To promote digital technology based inter-disciplinary initiatives which can have decisive contributions.
  • To define an agenda and action plan for technology-based interventions for enriching the heritage management landscape.
  • To showcase the products and services globally available in digital heritage domain and the cutting-edge research being conducted using AR/VR and AI technologies.

Emerging technologies such as the ones listed here, can lead to transformational changes in preservation, conservation and, communication of our heritage and culture.

  • Imaging,
  • Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality,
  • Machine Learning,
  • Computational Modeling,
  • Qualitative Simulation,
  • AI and IOT

This engagement was focused on interventions driven by these technologies to well beyond tangible heritage such as monuments, to art, architecture and will be extended to all forms of cultural and historical knowledge.